Google Play Music has been all the rage since their big announcement. Back in October podcasters were awarded the ability to jump into the Android market place, capture a whole new audience and boost listenership.
The rumors started to fly when an email leaked that April 18th would be the official launch date. Which was later confirmed when Ilia Malkovitch, product manager at Google Play Music, made the announcement public on their blog.
As always, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on all the fun. So here’s a brief three step guide to getting your podcast on Google Play Music with little to no hassle.
What is Google Play Music?
From Google HQ:
“We’ll connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast—whether you’re a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time.
Good enough for me.
Why does it matter?
Android controls 80.7% of the smart phone market! Of course there’s Stitcher and other android-centric podcast apps, but they pale in comparison to what Google Play Music has the potential to bring to the podcast industry as a whole.
Getting your podcast on Google Play Music
Head over to the Google Play Music podcast portal. Make sure you have your podcast RSS feed link handy. This can be found in the backend of your podcast hosting platform. If you’re using SimpleCast, your feed will look similar to the one below.
- Login to your podcast hosting service provider
- Click “Get Started”
- Click “Add a new podcast”
- Accept the terms and condition
- Copy and paste your podcast RSS feed link
- Click “Submit RSS feed”
- Confirm podcast title, host name and show description
- Confirm number of published episodes
- Click “Publish podcast”
- Check inbox for submission confirmation email
Note: If you’re podcast cover art doesn’t show up, hit the refresh button.
You’ve just completed the podcast submission process. 🙂
Full video walkthrough
Did you get your podcast up on Google Play Music? What impact do you think Google Play Music will have on the industry? Share below in the comments.